Atlas Shrugging

And now, for some wholly unexpected news out of the People’s Socialist Republic of California under the august leadership of Consul Moonbeam:

California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget.

Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already “voted with their feet” by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.

And who could possibly have foreseen that?

It’s almost as if tenants might conceivably move out if their landlords announce that their rent is going to necessarily skyrocket next month! Then, when the collectors arrive next month, they’re left scratching their heads as cobwebs gather in the suddenly empty tenement halls. Utterly BAFFLING, we tell you!

State Controller John Chiang reported:

November’s disappointing revenues stand in stark contrast to recent news that California is leading the nation in job growth,

Are those actual numbers, or are you still reading off the cooked ones that you sent out prior to Brrrarrrghh Hussein BlightBringer’s re-selection? Also, those “new jobs” wouldn’t happen to be predominantly in government services, would they?

has significantly improved its cash liquidity to pay bills,

Not sure that $1,000,000,000 in additional debt speaks very highly of your “cash liquidity”, unless you’re just talking about the increasing amount of worthless paper in circulation.

This serves as a sobering reminder that, while the economy is expanding, it is doing so at a slow and uneven pace that will require the State to exercise care and discipline in how its fiscal affairs are managed in the coming year.

Since cutting spending is clearly off the table, you could always ask the parasite electorate of California to vote to jack up taxes on the people still around to provide them with jobs even further. It worked so well the last time, didn’t it? And the last, and the last, and every single time in all of recorded human history.

But THIS time it will work out, right? And then, then we’ll have the Obamunist Obamutopia of Next Tuesday™, at long last.

Get the fuck out of California, Dear LCs still stuck there. Get out while you still may.



  1. 1
    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    Wow. No one, as long as they had never picked up a history book, run a business, or scored in the triple digits on an IQ test could have ever predicted that.

    Californians are moving to Texas in droves. As a Texan, I have one useful piece of advice for the new transplants: leave all of the bad ideas about government policy behind in California when you leave. Texans rather like the more hands-off approach of our state government, and will not take kindly to Cali refugees trying to smuggle some stupid in with them.

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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    Speaking as a recent Texas transplant ( I married a native, moved here, and now I own land here… well, so long as I keep up with the payments.)…

    My take has been to ‘move in, sit down, and shut up’… After a couple years, and I get a feel for the place, I might feel comfortable about running my gums. till then, I’m using my pie hole for it’s naturally intended use… eating pie.

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    If they can’t figure what to do with this shit after a week, does anybody really belive they can figure out macroeconomics?

    Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars’ homes

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    Gosh! Who’da thunk it?!?! How dare those “feet voters” abandon the glorious realm of insane taxation? After all, it’s for the chitlins!

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    LC_Salgak growls and barks:

    Sure that’s not Rosie O’Donnell, laying out ???? :em05:

    LC Light29ID says:

    If they can’t figure what to do with this shit after a week, does anybody really belive they can figure out macroeconomics?
    Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars’ homes

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    dasbow growls and barks:

    LC_Salgak @ #:

    I wish I had the screencap, but Drudge had the headline right below a picture of prominent Malibu resident Barbra Streisand.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    And who could possibly have foreseen that?

    I saw it coming, Sire………
    I wish I could leave, and Texas is where I would go. I have no doubt I would fit right in. I’m polite, treat gals with respect, a sir and ma’am sort of guy, regardless of age, attend services weekly. And I love guns.
    But at present no, it won’t happen.
    Fortunately I am out in the sticks a ways, fifteen miles from anywhere, further to anywhere else. Even though there is talk of cutting back our police department, revenues down. That may open up a can of worms. My daughter goes for walks here unescorted. The cops know I am a stalwart supporter, they look after me too. The chief a personal friend of my departed wife.
    A lot of good hard working, God fearing folks in this little town, and yes, we are getting hammered by this economy….
    I am somewhat beneath the radar, not working, guessing in about three years. longer if I find work. I will walk away from this house, so far underwater a submarine couldn’t find it.
    As for finding work?
    Heh heh heh heh…sure. unemployment rate at least thirty in my mind, screw the lies, I talk to people. We are not liberal, and made to pay for it.
    I keep my eyes open……but I won’t be abused by any employer….common here now.
    I want to watch these mother you know whats in Sacramento implode. The stupid dumb fucks supporting this, put it to the man. The man left assholes, Nevada and other environs……
    What breaks my heart is rememberiing what this state was in the late fifties and early sixties………..

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    ozone ranger growls and barks:

    As a longtime lurker and first time commenter, I must say that living here in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornica has been interesting recently. I first moved here in the late sixties, and lived through a lot of the boom times, before the liberals took over completely. Now, watching my beloved home (inland, not coast) being turned into a third word country has not been pleasant. Now, “unexpectedly,” two days after the election massive layoffs included me. “Oh what fun, it is to ride in a… oh never mind…” The policies of the state government are increasingly insane, and the only hope is that a really good set of quakes will drop LA and SF in the ocean, so that we can have honest elections again. Wish I could afford to leave. Our best hope is bankruptcy and Federal takeover, which will help SO MUCH… But when it crashes, the majority outside of the two areas mentioned and Sacramento are sane, and we also have most of the weapons.

    Fighting the good fight, here.

    Incidentally, if you are considering allowing naturalization for imperial subjects, I have been considering an armed drone air force of my own. I would be happy to help my new emperor develop it further.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Actually, as a Texan, I can say as long as Cali’s leave their ‘socialist’ ideas in the ‘State that shall surf to Denver when the big Quake comes’, they are welcome.

    I wish I could sell my house for X millions and move to Texas and buy pretty much the same house for Y thousands. :em08:

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    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd growls and barks:

    I’ve spent my life here, on this lonely outpost bordering on Mordor the People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornistan.

    When I was a kid, California was the Promised Land. Trips down south to Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo and even over to Sacramento were like stepping into another world.

    It’s otherworldly today, too. California has the finest climate in the world. It has ocean, deserts, mountains and the most fertile farmland imaginable. It has roads, rails and seaports. It has mining, agriculture, timber and water resources in abundance. It has high tech, heavy industry and an entertainment industry second to none in the world.

    And they still can’t figure out how to make a living and stay in the black.

    Get the fuck out of California, Dear LCs still stuck there. Get out while you still may.

    Refugees are always welcome with one caveat: We don’t care how you did it in California. Leave that attitude at the border and don’t try to turn this place into the mess you left behind.

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    LC Draco @ #:

    Problem is – they don’t.

    And for all the talk on Conservative radio glowing about how Cali’s one of the ‘shrinking states’ – the flip-side of that is that those with the means to leave are largely the same ones who voted along the way to make that state what it is today…

    …and they HAVE been surfing to Denver – so that now our state is solidly blue, has counties voting Dem @ upward of 114% of the voting population, and now is one of the First Forward Thinking Progressive States to legalize dope – which means that after Jan1, all of those “Deeply Medically Important Dispensaries” will be scurrying outside to scrub those little red-crosses off of their signs, since they will no longer need to maintain the charade of “Medical regulation/rules”.

    Debt is up, governmental corruption is up, police violence/cover-up is up, taxes are creeping further up and more and more billboards of clutching, shirtless men advertising gay dating services are also up.

    Colorado used to be a nice place, but since I have to move way out to the sticks in order to get (however temporarily) away from the plague-of-locusts who have used up their own states anyway (and thank the gods I can take my work with me anywhere) – I’m picking up the kids and going back to N. GA.


    – MD

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Ozone, I too am inland. Where are you? Roughly, of course. A small town some fifty miles north of Fresno, in between I5 and 99. I used to refer to the California aqueduct as the moat, my wife busting up laughing, separating the coast from the valley folks. I love this valley, even now, driving by on highway 152, seeing cornfields, cotton and alfalfa in abundance. My God, what this place could grow!
    And could do so again…….
    Moriarty, where you be?
    My twenty the small town of Dos Palos……..all forty-eight hundred of us.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    LC MuscleDaddy @ #:

    MD, I was born in CO, be it a long time ago, but I love the state, as a STATE. People can be a pain in the ass, but the beauty that is CO is amazing. Only close to Alaska.

    And moving to N. GA.? Near here? =)

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    Library Czar growls and barks:

    Draco a pox on you,

    Colorado is a pretty place but it is not anything like my Alaska.

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    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd growls and barks:

    LC HJ Caveman82952 says:

    Moriarty, where you be?

    We’re about 15 miles south of Carson City, near Minden.

    BTW, Didn’t mean to come across as such a grouchy bastard. Some of my best friends are prune-pickers. 😉

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC HJ Caveman82952 @ #:

    Soviet Monica, here

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    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Refugees are always welcome with one caveat: We don’t care how you did it in California. Leave that attitude at the border and don’t try to turn this place into the mess you left behind.

    Like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, which all used to be more like Utah and Idaho.

    And they wonder why in the Great Northwest, “californian” is a grave insult

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Moriarty, #15.
    You didn’t. Actually I chuckled. Prunes, eh? Fast starts even in cold weather…..
    There are lefties here, the infestation far, far less than the shitties.
    Most learn to keep their mouths shut publicly, vets respected and honored, people haters, nature freaks need not apply. This is farm country, we’ve seen first hand what their so-called benevolence has done to us and our economy. For we mix it up with them quickly, and publicly. I’ve had printed more than one article in our town paper……and I’m not nice about it.
    They got a problem? I live in the house with the NRA decals on my security doors……’also the one saying NRA Life Member on the rear window of my white F-150 short bed. I made it easy for em. Still waitin’…..
    Folks automatically assume I’m left, when I mention my home state. That hurts.
    Yet most of the state rural, it’s a big place, third only to Alaska and Texas.
    I’m an eighty-five mile drive from the coast.
    My dearest friends, with some exceptions, and more than a few memories here
    If I leave, it will be to get the hell away from this shit, not bring it with me.
    A sad moment, remembering what she was so long ago….and more than a bit of anger…..
    I remember my years in Kentucky, rural Ohio and Tennessee with great affection, when I lived there.
    Had I not been able to escape the cities, life would be hell….

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    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    Special Ed @ #17:
    Well, we here in The Peepul’s Republik of Washington State have been thoroughly been Californicated – look at the recent vote legalizing Marijuana and Gay Marriage! The Californicators all moved up to Seattle and Portland and now resemble Kalifornica, and we here in the Right Side of the state have to put up with their crap. (Same is true on the Right side of Oregano, by the way…)

    One of the big worries in Idaho-ho-ho is that since Mary Jane is now legal in Washington it’s going to easily flow over the border into there, and I can’t argue with their logic.

    I’d head to Tejas if’n I could, believe me. :em01:

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Ok, one thing about Cali…I was stationed in San Diego (at the Depot) for over five years (w/a 3rd MarDiv tour in between and TADs to the Stumps) and I had to be dragged kicking and screaming out of there. For me from ’84 to ’90 it was paradise. The weather, the beach, the LADIESSSS (including a PB Playmate I can call a friend). It was blissful heaven, but I wasn’t a resident. Since I was AD military I kept my South Dakota residency which meant I didn’t have CA income taxes, no vehicle bullshit (including emissions) among other beanies that we were entitled to. So when I hear and read what CA subject themselves too I truly do feel WTF. I’ve met many native Cali’s and by far they were good, decent people. I had friends in the Hillcrest area, which was/is the gay area of SD (which I didn’t realize until later) but never had a bad time ever and was never hassled anywhere I went. The cops were even polite (but remember this was pre-Rodney King). This is why I always wonder why they would commit economic suicide like they have. If there ever was a people (besides anybody between the Mississippi and the Sierra Nevada) that just wanted to be left the fuck alone it was the Californians in San Diego.

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    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    A friend of mine reported that her full time job, has been cut to 28 hours per week. This is in Illannoy. Another Marxist “paradise”. Also another state that is broke as fuck.

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    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd growls and barks:

    LC HJ Caveman82952 @ #18:

    My wife’s family are all descended from Swiss immigrants to the Central Valley (Salinas.) Her great-uncle was a grade school classmate of John Steinbeck.

    It drives me crazy to see what the morons in Sacramento have done to California. Probably 90% of the people who live here now are from California. The vast majority are normal, decent people who have escaped an abnormal and indecent disaster area and like this place just fine the way they found it.

    Around here NRA decals are the norm. Anyone driving about with an Obama sticker is viewed with mild amusement, since they’re probably just tourists on their first trip through flyover country. . My favorite bumper sticker, that I’ve seen only twice to date, announces: It’s OK to be a Democrat in Douglas County! (No it’s not you raving fucktard…. now haul your transplanted ass back over the border where it belongs….)

    LC Light29ID @ #20:

    The father of a good friend of mine grew up on an isolated farm in upper North Dakota. He enlisted in the Marines in WW2.
    Discharged after the war, he was lying on the beach in San Diego in December, enjoying the sight of this new thing called a “bikini.”

    At some point he went back home, but only to visit.

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    bruce growls and barks:

    you may have governor moonbeam but we have the missing link for governor and the same economy because we are run buy union thugs and progressives who have spent us so far into the hole that there is no way we can pay it off.the state that i built our home in the woods is the same because it is blue except where we live in the middle.the coast in infested with progressives who have given both states 30% unemployment yet the people still voted for can’t get away from them so the only thing to do is get rid of them.i think it is to cold for progressives up here when it gets to 25 below with 8″ of niece has adopted 3 special needs children how about you special needs?

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    I grew up on the left coast, southern California, in a small (at that time) town named Brea, situated 7 miles north of Disneyland. Year ’round activity was parking with a date (female) in the oilfields (hills) north of town, drinking beer, and getting a little in the back seat.

    The high school I went to had a machine shop, the classes in which gave me the basis for my trade (Tool & Die Maker) I’ve practiced for nearly 40 years – with a detour through the Navy as a jet engine mechanic and a short stint as an industrial arts instructor in the local junior college in Tulsa Okiehomie.

    The schools out there actually stood for something then and I’m divided (between wanting to say “we told you so” to ROTFLMFAO) as to seeing what the place has become since the liberals ran out of others’ money to spend.

    Now, the SOBs in the schools’ administrations are more worried about not pissing off an illegal pepperbelly or a black homie than they are re: providing an education – ie, teaching kids to fish rather than passing out the fish gratis.

    That place can’t fall into the ocean soon enough to suit me – I just hope the eastern side of the sierras, from midstate north, still stand when it’s all said and swung. That area and parts of Nevada (around Dyer) was my family’s playground and from looking on Google Earth, most of where we spent our time is still wilderness.

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    LC Draco @ #:

    Why, as it happens, Yes.

    Hmmm… sounds like the beginning of ‘A.T. RottFest’…

    – MD

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    GhostMERR growls and barks:

    I used to want to move to California a long time ago, primarily for the culture out there and the idea that I could find a different life more suitable for me. I just don’t understand moving there right now, you’ve got a dysfunctional economy that seems to want to dissuade newcomers from pursuing their dreams there even if I want a way in, into the music industry. Sooner or later something ugly may occur there and I hope that I won’t be there when it happens.

    LC Lobo, I work in the retail industry. We recently had a ::looks back and forth:: confidential ::looks back and forth:: meeting. The not so confidential thing is that there are no fulltime jobs in the department I work at, all of the employees have not been working long hours but many of my co-workers voted to re-elect Obama. There is a disconnect between those around my age who work in an industry that will be hit by Obamacare and their voting habits. One of my friends typed on Facebook, shortly after the election, that 8 out of 10 Romney voters are either selfish, ignorant or racist. And this is supposed to be a friend of mine.

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    Mark12A growls and barks:

    I retired from the AF out of Los Angeles AFB (yes, there is such a place) and couldn’t put Californistan in my rear window quickly enough. Now back in Sweet Home Alabama. Not Texas, but not bad. We can legally keep Class III firearms in our houses, and every once in a while a lot of money gets run through one of them. For fun and practice.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Library Czar @ #:

    I said CLOSE to Alaska!!

    LC MuscleDaddy @ #:

    I will NEVER forget that phase of Ranger School….damn civies were cooking bacon as they were prepping to walk the Appalachian Trail. We fuckers were starving!!! :em08:

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    LC Draco @ #:

    And years have passed – we are old – and now we get to do it to a new set of poor saps…. mmm, bacon!


    – MD

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    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    LC MuscleDaddy says:

    Colorado used to be a nice place,

    But you still have the last outpost of civilization, the Dutch Brothers, in Colorado Springs. I am now living in Arkansas, not a bad place but over 800 miles from the nearest source of the blessed elixir.

    When I was in the Navy I was, mostly, stationed in California. The only thing wrong with California is all the stupid lefty Californians.

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    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    I bailed out of California in 2004. Glad I did.

    Of course, it won’t be long until California-style politics starts creeping up here in Florida too. This state went for Obama, after all.

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    GhostMERR growls and barks:

    LC Xealot @ #: (Sorry I am a rookie at this new response system)

    I left Maryland in 2004 myself, and supposedly the governor there has been spending and spending so much money. The only solutions that Liberals have when it comes to overspending is to increase taxes, which makes an economy more dysfunctional and increases the number of businesses moving out because they cannot take being taxed so heavily. What are they spending all of this money on to justify raising taxes so high. If “California-style politics” came to Florida it may pose an eventual solution seen by some as being the only rational choice to deal with the large divide between certain parts of the state, you would see people calling for South Florida to become its own state. That is the only passageway for those politics. Living in South Florida, well I guess I’ll be part of the resistance.

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    nhdoug growls and barks:

    I got out in June, will only go back to visit my children, who don’t have the fortune that I did in being able to leave.

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    my wife and I have considered retiring in one of the oceanfront communities that dot the 101 north of San Diego, but we’re starting to look elsewhere. I love that part of California, love those little beach towns, but jeez….the stupidity of the government and the tax rates make it impossible to justify the move….Ditto Hawaii, my dream for years has been to live on Maui, but the same thing goes.

    Guess I just need to find another island to retire on

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    LC Xealot says:

    I bailed out of California in 2004. Glad I did.

    Of course, it won’t be long until California-style politics starts creeping up here in Florida too. This state went for Obama, after all.

    When I joined the Navy in 1969, I didn’t intend for that to be a bailout but looking back, what I thought were bad choices actually were good ones, even though the state hadn’t gone full-bore batshit yet.

    Been back a few times to visit relatives (since departed this life or told to fuck off). The last time there, had it not been for what little pepperbelly I could speak, the wife and I wouldn’t have gotten an order at McDonalds.

    I miss the sea and the high desert/mountains, but not the wall to wall population of fruits and nuts. Granted, not all are that bad but it certainly seems that way.

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:

    Guess I just need to find another island to retire on

    Grand Cayman

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches @ #:

    I’ll be there Tuesday…. :em05:

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    rickn8or growls and barks:

    Just got back from a weekend in Oakland. (Had to go there to ensure that son and d-i-l could throw a proper party for two year-old grandson.)

    In the car on the way to the airport, The Ex commented on how HAPPY everyone looked in California.

    I swear, that woman was NOT that fucking stupid when I married her.

    The worst part was I was stuck on an airplane with her all the way to Memphis.